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DWC faculty, students recognized at 2019 STUEY awards

21st year for awards ceremony

On Tuesday, April 16, Department of Writing and Communication (DWC) faculty and students were recognized at Nova Southeastern University’s 21st Annual Student Life Achievement Awards, also known as the STUEYs, which took place at the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center.


DWC Professor and Chair Shanti Bruce, Ph.D., was named Administrator of the Year. Bruce also serves as interim chair for the Department of Multidisciplinary Studies and the Department of Performing and Visual Arts within NSU’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

"Winning a STUEY is a tremendous honor, and I am thrilled and humbled by it,” Bruce said. “It was an especially fun night because students from the Departments of Writing and Communication, Performing and Visual Arts, and Multidisciplinary Studies were on stage, behind the scenes, and in the pit working together to produce an outstanding show."

Bruce joined NSU in 2006 and previously served as the writing program coordinator and as a major chair in the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences. She earned the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award and was the 2011 NSU Convocation speaker.

DWC Associate Professor of Writing Molly Scanlon, Ph.D., was nominated for Professor of the Year for a second time following her 2018 nomination.

“It’s such a humbling honor,” Scanlon said. “I know how incredibly hard we work for our students. The fact that my colleagues saw all that effort and wanted to acknowledge that effort just means a lot to me, and it just affirms that NSU is the right community for me.”

Scanlon joined NSU as a writing faculty member in 2013. She teaches a variety of undergraduate courses in writing, composition and university (UNIV) first-year seminars. She also teaches research methods and visual media to graduate students in the department’s M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media program. She serves as the faculty coordinator for Experiential Education & Learning (ExEL) at NSU and previously served as the faculty adviser for Digressions, the department’s literary and art journal.

B.A. in Communication alumna and M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media student Emalee Shrewsbury was named Student of the Year for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

“I was elated and almost in disbelief that out of all NSU students, I could be recognized among so many great individuals from all walks of life,” Shrewsbury said. “It made me proud of myself, proud of my peers, and proud to be an NSU Shark.”

During her time at NSU, Shrewsbury served as president of the Residential Student Association (RSA), as an undergraduate student coordinator for the CAHSS Writing Center, and as a graduate assistant coordinator for the NSU Writing and Communication Center.

Several DWC students also took part in the production of the STUEYs. B.A. in Communication students Siena Berardi and Michael Lynn served as co-hosts for the event, M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media student Adam DeRoss served as the emcee, and several communication majors also had the chance to serve as presenters for the different award categories.

"Being a host for the STUEY Awards was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Lynn said. “My co-hosts and I rehearsed and produced our videos for four months, and the end result was spectacular. With the contribution of the STUEY chairs and staff at our student-run television station, SUTV, I feel that DWC and CAHSS left a positive impact for STUEYs to come.”

In addition to the department’s faculty and students recognized at the event, the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences SGA (CAHSS SGA) was awarded Student Government of the Year.

“I absolutely loved my experience as DWC’s department rep!” said Noemi Nunez, a student in the M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media program who served as DWC’s CAHSS SGA representative for the 2018-2019 academic year. “It felt great being able to bring together my classmates and my department, and I feel lucky to have been able to work with a board who is just as enthusiastic about student engagement as I am!”

The Student Life Achievement Awards are an annual celebration of NSU’s best in Academic Excellence, Student Centeredness, Integrity, Innovation, Opportunity, Scholarship/Research, Diversity and Community. The awards program was created in 2010 as a way to recognize faculty, students and staff who further a sense of campus community at NSU.

To learn more about the 2019 STUEY Award winners, click here.

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